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Take a stand against step therapy

NEA is ramping up its efforts at the state and federal levels to end step therapy, the health insurance protocol that requires patients to try and fail other medications before approving coverage for the treatment originally prescribed by their doctor. Want in on the action? All it takes is a quick phone call.

Take a stand against step therapy

On Oct. 28, 2019, eczema warrior and patient advocate Raelle Brown, stood beside NEA’s Manager of Grassroots Advocacy Kelly Barta, during a press conference at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, representing NEA’s support of the recently introduced Step Therapy Amendment legislation.

Step therapy, or fail first, is a health insurance protocol that requires patients to try and fail on one or more medications before approving coverage for the treatment originally prescribed by their physician. This legislation would help safeguard patients from potentially harmful step therapy practices.

“In late October, both the House and Senate of Pennsylvania have introduced a bill that will help create better access to innovative medicines and put treatment decisions back into the hands of physicians and their patients,” Barta said.

Earlier this year, Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) introduced a bi-partisan federal bill called the “Safe Step Act” to reform the use of step therapy.

“The step therapy amendment is one of the most important issues that NEA is currently working on at the federal and state levels. This legislation ensures patient safety, recognizes the importance of the physician-patient relationship, and increases transparency for both patients and healthcare providers,” Barta said.

To learn more about step therapy and how it effects eczema patients, click here.

Are you ready to step up your game?

Join NEA in our fight against harmful step therapy practices. Ask your House and Senate representatives to support the bi-partisan “Safe Step Act” bill, which will help bring about step therapy reform.

All you have to do is visit our step therapy website, fill in your information and clicking the “Take Action” button.  This will let them know that you care about the rights of eczema patients.

Or, you could make your voice heard – literally – with a quick phone call to the offices of your elected representatives.

Calling your elected official takes less than 5 minutes and can make a huge impact. Every call that comes into the office of a legislator is logged and tallied and will ultimately inform their voting decision on a matter.

When you call into your elected official’s office, you will speak to one of their aides.  It’s important to be polite and concise. Give the office staff member your name and your zip code so they can verify that you are a constituent. Then, let them know why you’re calling and what you’re asking for. Lastly, thank them for their hard work and service. It’s that easy!

If you don’t know who your senators and representatives are, click the following links and follow the prompts to find their names and contact information:

https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact

https://www.house.gov/

Here’s an example of a sample script you can use:

“Hello, my name is Mary Smith. I’m a constituent from New York, zip code 10001. I don’t require a response. I live with a chronic skin condition called eczema, and I am concerned about being able to access the medication that I need at the right time. I want to ask for the representative’s/senator’s support in voting in favor of the “Safe Step Act”, (HR 2279 in the House, S.2546 in the Senate). Thank you so much for your service and hard work!”

“Remember,” said Barta, “your senators and representatives work to represent you, their constituent, and your voice matters! The sooner you reach out, the more likely it is that your voice will influence their position.”

Tune in for our interactive webcast “Let’s Talk Advocacy”

Register now to join NEA’s Manager of Grassroots Advocacy, Kelly Barta, and your fellow advocates as we talk about how you, as an individual, can influence policy that will create positive change for the millions of people impacted by eczema. We’ll also discuss what policies NEA is currently working on at the state and federal levels, and how you can get plugged into the movement.

Join us for the webcast on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at 8:30PM Eastern / 7:30PM Central / 6:30PM Mountain / 5:30PM Pacific.

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